FAMILY HOLIDAYS HOME & AWAY: OCTOBER HALF TERM

As summer comes to a close and autumn approaches, we've all got our 'back-to-school' heads on. Plan ahead and book a fabulous family trip for October half term. Here are our top picks home and away...
OCTOBER HALF TERM

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Another Place, The Lake, Lake District

We’re loving the newest Lake District hotel. Another Place, The Lake in Ullswater is a fabulous, family-friendly boutique hotel set in the landscape of the perfect English countryside. Think green rolling hills, a choir of oak, beech and alder trees and puffball white clouds that dance across the waters. The Lake captures the spirit of the great outdoor Lake District adventure; undoubtedly an outpost of luxe wholesome comfort. Sip, stroll or take part in the many sporting activities available as you holiday in this fine, Beatrix Potter landscape. This place is dedicated to chillaxed family time. Guests of all ages are welcome – toddle around in the outdoor play area, cosy up with baby in the cabin or wine and dine with adult friends. Supervised Children’s Club and XA Club sessions are available and nearby attractions include Go Ape, Treetop Trek and Lowther Castle.

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Swinton Country Club & Spa, Ripon

Swinton Country Club & Spa is spacious, contemporary and the perfect place for a luxury family getaway this October half term. With 20,000-acres of North Yorkshire countryside to enjoy – we can’t think of a better staycation spot to explore with the kids. Relaxing spaces, stunning facilities, delicious dining, outdoor activities and spa treatment galore – Swinton ensures a memorable experience for all kinds of getaways. Adventure through the grands and retire back to your enchanting Tree Lodges at Swinton Bivouac, Swinton Park’s ‘glampsite’. The lodges can sleep up to seven people (you’ll find one king-size double bed, one double and three singles) and come fully equipped kitchen and bedroom-wise. What more could you want?

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Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire

The stunning Calcot Manor is fully geared-up for its teeny guests this October half term. Little ones are invited to enjoy the hotel’s many facilities including the heated indoor pool at Calcot Spa, the ‘Ofsted-registered’ crèche, The Playzone and The Mez – complete with PlayStations, Xboxes, board games, books and more. Calcot’s family rooms are beautifully finished – with many of them coming with the coolest separate bedrooms for kids to enjoy a bit of play time. Calcot also has a babysitting service if grown ups are looking for a bit of alone time when on staycation. There’s more… every Saturday at 11am, it’s Bake Time for Calcot’s younger residents. Kids are invited to join house baker, Matt, for a brilliant, baking masterclass in the barn. Get your wooden spoons at the ready!

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The Grove, Hertfordshire

Not only is The Grove a gorgeous family-friendly hotel, but it’s in the perfect spot for fun-filled, half term activities too. Your family, half term holiday will go like this… Let the hotel’s concierge team unload and valet park your car so that you can relax from start to finish. There’s lots to explore here, so it’s important that you start straight away. Milk and cookies, child-sized bathrobes and a toy box will be awaiting your arrival. Head outdoors and kickstart your adventure in The Grove’s 300 acre site. You’ll find bikes, walled gardens, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, giant chess and jenga sets and a croquet lawn to challenge your holiday pals. With three swimming pools to choose from including a dedicated kid’s indoor heated pool, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activity seeking. You can hit the beach too at The Grove’s very own man-made beach. Are your little ones sports enthusiasts? Arrange a kick about, play on the very pitch England, Barcelona and Spurs have trained on or perfect your swing at the golf club. The Grove is a child-friendly hotel, but it’s parent-friendly too with all the luxury spa favourites, sporting facilities and more.

thegrove.co.uk


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Murat Reis Ayvalik, Turkey

An exquisite Turkish delight, Murat Reis Ayvalik is the perfect short break to island hop around the surrounding islands, experience an unforgettable diving excursion and enjoy the exclusive blue flagged beach. Surrounded by lush green gardens and calming waterways, the enviable location provides a perfect backdrop as you discover one of Turkey’s best kept secrets. Murat Reis Ayvalik offers an idyllic destination for those seeking privacy, tranquillity and affordable luxury. The resort is set on a long stretch of white sandy beach for afternoons spent playing volleyball and building sandcastles before catching the stunning sunset. If chilling by the pool is more your cup of tea, you can get your game face on and take part in daily sports activities. Murat Reis Ayvalik offers a marvellous mini club where kids can participate in fun activities, games and more!

muratreisayvalik.com


Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, Halkidiki

Encouraging children to learn and develop new skills whilst stimulating their senses and relaxing their minds, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort makes for the perfect holiday destination for families this October half term. As one of the world’s top thermal spa resorts and Greece’s largest thermae resort, Miraggio encourages and educates young minds to the wonders of wellness. Ideal for family bonding, each week the resort puts aside time to allow even the youngest of guests to discover the healing waters and therapeutic spa treatments. Following on from this, renowned nutritionist Amanda Hamilton’s colourful cleansing juices and nourishing Mediterranean menu will satisfy appetites whilst remaining wholesome. Beyond the resort families can unearth Halkidiki for themselves with a selection of curated activities and excursions. Blessed with stunning mountain ranges and natural vegetation, families are encouraged to go hiking, mountain biking and walking within the authentic beauty of the Greek olive groves and almond trees.

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Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

Nestled amidst an ancient protected forest, Aphrodite Hills Resort’s location grants unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea. Stylish holiday villas with private pools or holiday apartments with communal pools offer the ideal accommodation for family-friendly getaways. What’s more? The Retreat Spa offers an idyllic, family-friendly oasis with a range of pampering experiences for parents and kids alike. With a quirky, fun and extensive menu especially for kids and parents separately or together, Aphrodite Hills’ Retreat Spa provides family bonding in total tranquillity. Aphrodite Hills believes holidays with your children should create happy memories to last a lifetime. Whether it’s young babies, inquisitive toddlers or teenagers, this luxurious, Cypriot resort has family experiences for everyone. The Dream Team Soccer Club is run by a team of highly skilled professionals, there’s an arts and crafts club, horse-riding and a tennis academy, just to name a few of the activities available.

aphroditehills.com


Hotel Zafiro, Mallorca

Think innovation, comfort and stand-out family memories in Majorca. Hotel Zafiro offers a fun-filled getaway bringing together sun, sea, comfort and activities for the whole family. Set in beautifully tranquil, Mediterranean grounds just 500 metres from the beach, this is the perfect aparthotel for a lively, family holiday with all the luxuries you’d expect and more. You have full say in your itinerary, whether you want to explore the town, chill by the pool and get active on the beach – there’s something for everyone. Children can play in the pirate ship splash pool while adults alike can fully immerse themselves in the Zen Spa & Wellness facility complete with sauna, jacuzzi and Turkish baths. The studios and apartments come complete with all the latest mod cons, and the foodie offering is extensive including themed dinners at the Caprice Buffet Restaurant. There’s something for the whole family here – ticking all the boxes for the perfect October half term getaway.

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